Furry lobster

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Furry lobsters
Blind furry lobster.jpg
Palinurellus gundlachi
Scientific classification
Synaxidae (now subsumed into Palinuridae)[1]
Genera and species
  • Palinurellus
    • Palinurellus gundlachi
    • Palinurellus wieneckii
  • Palibythus
    • Palibythus magnificus

Furry lobsters (sometimes called coral lobsters) are small decapod crustaceans, closely related to the slipper lobsters and spiny lobsters.[2] The antennae are not as enlarged as in spiny and slipper lobsters, and the body is covered in short hairs, hence the name furry lobster. Although previously considered a family in their own right (Synaxidae Spence Bate, 1881), the furry lobsters were subsumed into the family Palinuridae in 1990,[3]. Subsequent molecular phylogenetics studies have confirmed that the furry lobsters genera don't form a natural group and were both nested among the spiny lobster genera in family Palinuridae.[2] The family now includes the two furry lobster genera and ten spiny lobster genera.[1]


There are two genera, with three species between them:[4]


  1. ^ a b WoRMS. "Synaxidae Spence Bate, 1881". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  2. ^ a b Ferran Palero; Keith A. Crandall; Pere Abelló; Enrique Macpherson; Marta Pascual (2009). "Phylogenetic relationships between spiny, slipper and coral lobsters (Crustacea, Decapoda, Achelata)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 50 (1): 152–162. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.10.003. PMID 18957325.
  3. ^ Joel W. Martin; George E. Davis (2001). An Updated Classification of the Recent Crustacea (PDF). Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. pp. 1–132. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  4. ^ "Synaxidae Bate, 1881". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved February 15, 2011.